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Yellow Peril Gallery Helps the Providence Art Community Thrive

By Marina I. Jokic

A relatively recent addition to the historic mill complex called The Plant in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, Yellow Peril Gallery has been cultivating and promoting emerging and established artists since 2011. It has helped launch the careers of many talented painters and sculptors in the U.S. and abroad. More recently in 2016, Yellow Peril debuted the Peligro Amarillo / Santurce, their first outpost in the arts district of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

"We foster modern art critiques on popular culture and society from emerging, mid-career, and established artists in the United States and abroad," Vanphouthon Souvannasane, director and owner of the gallery, said. "Our inventory comprises of works of art from critically acclaimed artists who have been featured in biennials and museum exhibitions, participated in top tier art fairs, and acquired by private collectors worldwide."

Artists represented by Yellow Peril share the gallery's commitment to social responsibility, which is affirmed by the donation of ten percent from the sale of all artwork to a charitable organization of the artists' choice.

With their primary business being sales and promotion of contemporary art, Yellow Peril liaises with curators and collectors, as well as some corporate clients, to acquire paintings, sculptures, multimedia, and installation works whose style aligns with the avant-garde ethos of the gallery. Unlike most other art studios which tend to showcase group exhibits, Yellow Peril believes in the 'power of one' and likes to focus on a single artist's work at a time.

In addition to a regular exhibition schedule, Yellow Peril is active in the international art fair circuit. The gallery also puts together special projects outside of its brick-and-mortar space in Olneyville in museums and other site-specific locations. As part of their promotional strategy, Yellow Peril maintains an influential social media presence that allows them to extend the reach of their programs and artists.

Work from their artists has been featured at MoMA and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Pérez Art Museum in Miami, The RISD Museum in Rhode Island, and The Getty in L.A. among others.

"Although we do look at submissions intermittently, it is rare for us to accept artists not familiar with our vision and mission," Souvannasane said. "If you haven't been to the gallery, chances are we have no clue who you are, [so] visit us several times, get to know us, and invite us to visit your studio, so we can understand your trajectory[it's] like dating."

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